David Gottfried has served the global building industry for a career spanning more than three decades. He has a passion for improving building performance, founding and coaching greenbuild-tech start-ups and inspiring personal health and transformation.
2014 – Present: CEO, Gottfried Institute
Gottfried Institute’s mission is to advance health and lifespan via science-backed functional medicine through partnership with two time New York Times bestselling author Sara Gottfried, MD. GI offers books, a quarterly Hormone Reset Detox, a dozen personally formulated shakes, supplements and nutritional products, and numerous digital solutions for improving hormone balancing, weight management, energy, mood and metabolism.
1995 – Present: CEO, Regenerative Ventures
RV serves as a business development accelerator for disruptive green building technologies and its own Regen start-up initiatives. The firm has served as the green strategic consultant for many of the world’s top organizations and developments. See RV’s client list ->
Regenerative Network is a private business-to-business consortium of exclusive green building product manufacturing and service companies, many of them the global leaders and some venture capital backed fast growing start ups. RN helps advance emerging products, systems and technologies (game-changers) that offer enhanced financial returns, while accelerating global transformation.
1998: Founder: World Green Building Council
Gottfried expanded the USGBC model globally by founding and seed funding the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). The WorldGBC comprises the global green building marketplace, with GBCs in over 100 countries. It serves as a united nations of GBCs, helping incubate new GBCs and sharing best GBC practices, rating systems, data and new models for collaborative acceleration of global transformation.
1992 – 1999: Founder and 1st President: U.S. Green Building Council
Gottfried led the charge (with Rick Fedrizzi and Mike Italiano) for development of the strategy and provided the seed capital for the formation of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the largest green building organization in the world. He wrote the white paper that promoted the development of the LEED® green building rating system, now being utilized in 160 countries and hundreds of thousands of projects totaling about 13 billion square feet of space. USGBC is comprised of about 15,000 member organizations and 80 regional chapters. It is the driving force of the green building industry and likely one of the fastest growing non-profits in the world with a staff of 260. LEED has 200,000+ LEED Accredited Professionals and Green Associates.
1991 – 1994: Chairman, ASTM Green Building SubCommittee
Gottfried founded ASTM’s E-50.06 subcommittee that developed a Standard Practice for Green Buildings in 1993. The work helped inform and accelerate the development of USGBC and its LEED Green Building Rating System.
1982 – 1992: Washington, DC Real Estate Development & Construction
Gottfried worked for three real estate development firms and one leading construction management company. His worked included development project management through all phases, fund raising, construction bidding and project oversight and property management. This work was the underpinning for Gottfried’s understanding of all aspects of real estate, helping inform his formation of the GBC movement and later years at Regenerative Ventures.
1978-1982: Stanford University – Engineering Management
Coursework included finance, accounting, all forms of engineering, solar and premed sciences. Gottfried studied under Professor Gil Masters, who inspired Gottfried’s later work in green building. Gottfried has served as an annual lecturer to the same Civil Engineering class taught by Professor Masters for the past 15 years.